Today's Articles

People, Locations, Episodes

Sat, 01.10.1942

The ‘Lee Street Riot’ Occurs

Historic Plague

*On this date in 1942, the "Lee Street Riot" occurred. This confrontation was between Black soldiers stationed in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the town's white residents.

This military regiment involved was the Army’s 367th, a Black regiment. Just one month after Pearl Harbor, violence burst into a pattern that would repeat itself many times in the years to follow, a Black soldier in town with a pass was accused of approaching a white woman. Police assaulted him, and he and his friends fought back. Military police responded.

People were killed and wounded, and the property was destroyed.  The Army report at the time characterized the situation as a police riot. But one local newspaper reporter said that the Army understated the severity of the so-called "Lee Street riot" and undercounted losses.

This depreciation, some say, was part of the often-repeated pattern. Some reported as many as ten were killed. After the incident, the Army’s 367th was broken up in March 1942.

New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Mahogany men with massive hands and broad mustaches who outlived wars and married feisty oak-imaged women be tight with money tender of heart and close to me a gallery of... UNCLES by Nikki Finney
Read More